Toronto Mike

My Thoughts on Eminem and Rihanna's Love The Way You Lie Video


When was The Marshall Mathers LP released?  1999? 2000? I just looked it up, it was released on May 23, 2000.  That was a fantastic album and it converted me into an Eminem fan.  I even caught him on tour that year supporting the album.  I won't tell you who he opened for...

Following that album, I felt Eminem was hit and miss.  I liked the odd single, but his albums as a whole paled next to The Marshall Mathers LP.  Still, the first time I heard his single "Love The Way You Lie" with Rihanna, I loved it.

The video featuring Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan was recently released and I've watched it a few times.  If you haven't checked it out yet, here it is.  See you after the jump...

I understand why some say it glorifies domestic abuse.  Domestic abuse has never appeared so sexy!  But to suggest this video somehow promotes abusive relationships is like saying Nirvana's Rape Me condones rape and Pearl Jam's Better Man would make a great wedding song.

Firstly, Eminem and Rihanna's voices add weight to this topic.  Both are known to have been in abusive relationships.  The video simply shows the cycle.  Sure it's hot, but the relationship is literally engulfed by flames.  She's emotionally trapped, unable to break away, and it comes across authentic and pretty powerful.

I dug the song and I dig the video.  It's good to see Eminem back.

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